2019 Subaru Outback vs. Its Competition

2019 Subaru Outback
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Rivals have attempted to imitate the 2019 Subaru Outback, but they haven’t bested it yet.

The Buick Regal TourX tries with its roomy interior and strong turbo-4, but it’s expensive to begin with and pricier yet with the safety tech Subaru makes standard.

The smaller VW Golf Alltrack costs about as much as an Outback and delivers some nice touches and a punchy turbocharged engine, but it lacks the roomy interior and breadth of trim levels.

Audi’s A4 Allroad is positioned as an upscale Outback and it mostly succeeds.

Just be prepared to spend a lot more.

Traditional SUV buyers may be attracted to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a well-priced SUV that comes up short in crash-testing.

And no visit to the Subaru dealer would be complete without a look at the redesigned Forester with its higher seating position and room cargo area.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Subaru Outback makes a sensible crossover SUV alternative.
The 2019 Audi A4 is hiding in plain sight as one of the automaker’s most complete and well-rounded cars.
The 2019 Buick Regal is a new idea on an old name. Available as a fastback or wagon this time around it's certainly sharp, but could use a little more polish.
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hugely capable off-roader—or track warrior—wrapped in a smart package.
The 2019 Subaru Forester is a well thought-out crossover SUV with exceptional space, a great ride, and standard AWD without a fuel-economy penalty.
The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDCompact CarsLarge CarsStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDCompact Cars
Style Name     
2.5iPremium 40 TFSI4-Door Sedan FWDAltitude 4x22.5i1.4T S Automatic
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySedanSedanSport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
CVT w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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